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ASM Handbook Volume 14B on sheet forming is the second of two volumes on metalworking technology, following the publication of Volume 14A on forging and bulk forming in 2005. These two volumes reflect the continuing mission of the ASM Handbook® series to provide in-depth and practical engineering knowledge in areas of technological significance.

Like many major manufacturing operations, the technology of sheet-metal fabrication is being transformed in response to the competitive demands of a global economy and computer-aided engineering. Product and process design are becoming more integrated, and all stages of processing are being enhanced by computer technologies that help implement process-control strategies to reduce scrap, and achieve net-shape forming capability on the shop floor. These advances involve the efforts of various technical communities, and ASM International is pleased to help disseminate their knowledge for the benefit of others in the economical manufacturing of effective products.

Thanks are extended to all the contributors and especially to Lee Semiatin, who, as Volume Editor, has championed this entire effort with his tireless devotion. Dr. Semiatin is to be congratulated and lauded for all his efforts in identifying and recruiting authors, directing the editorial activities of review and revision, and responding effectively in the development of both Volume 14A and 14B. His volunteer commitment is enormous, and we are indebted to Lee Semiatin.

Reza Abbaschian
ASM International
Stanley C. Theobald
Managing Director
ASM International

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